Dr James Wood is an applied mathematician with interests across a broad range from evolutionary and immunological processes to cost-effectiveness evaluations for disease interventions. He completed his honours degree and PhD at the University of Queensland (both in mathematical physics). His primary application area is respiratory viruses and vaccine preventable diseases but he also has interests in tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections.
He has published over 90 papers in international journals, focusing on the impact and cost-effectiveness of vaccines on epidemiology, along with research related to disease elimination and characteristing infectious disease epidemiology. Since 2020 he has been heavily involved in Australian state and national responses to COVID-19 as well some WHO work in support of responses in the Philippines and Malaysia. His current primary interests are in integrating genetic and immunologic elements into epidemiological models to account for trends in pathogen resistance and population immunity and developing improved respiratory virus surveillance and forecasts.